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Rudy Giuliani, attorney for U.S. President Donald Trump, arrives for the White House Sports along with Fitness Day event on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, May 30, 2018.
Rudy Giuliani said on Sunday that will there’s ‘nothing wrong’ with taking information coming from Russians, after the Mueller report laid out extensive ties between the Trump campaign along with Russians during the 2016 election campaign.
The president’s lawyer told CNN’s Jake Tapper, “any candidate inside the planet could take information,” even as Tapper noted the information came coming from a “hostile foreign source.”
The comments came as Giuliani slammed a statement made by Sen. Mitt Romney criticizing Trump after a redacted edition of the 448-page Mueller report was released on Thursday. The report found that will Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election although that will could not conclude that will the Trump campaign conspired with Russia. On obstruction that will did not find the president guilty, although that will also did not “exonerate” him.
Romney’s statement read in part: “I am also appalled that will, among different things, fellow citizens working in a campaign for president welcomed help coming from Russia — including information that will had been illegally obtained; that will none of them acted to inform American law enforcement; along with that will the campaign chairman was actively promoting Russian interests in Ukraine.”
The statement referred to the infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting where Trump campaign officials including Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner along with Paul Manafort agreed to sit down with Russians offering dirt on their Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
Giuliani called Romney a hypocrite. “Stop the bull. Stop This particular pious act that will you weren’t trying to dig up dirt on people,” Giuliani said of Romney, who ran for president in 2012 against Barack Obama. Giuliani noted that will he had run inside the Republican primary against Romney.
He added, “Who says that will’s even illegal” to get opposition research coming from foreigners, though he said he could have advised against that will along with “probably” could not have done that will himself.
The Romney statement didn’t sit well with the president either. He pinned a tweet mocking the Utah senator to his own Twitter feed.
“If @MittRomney spent the same energy fighting Barack Obama as he does fighting Donald Trump, he could have won the race (maybe)!” that will said.